The AP United States Government and Politics course is designed to provide the student with an experience equivalent to a one-semester college introductory course. Students will be expected to move beyond factual recall into critical analysis of the creation, function, and process of government. As stated in the College Board 2010 course description, this course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics . . . students should become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes.

1- Introduction
1- Introduction
2- Course Syllabus
3- Understanding Plagiarism
4- MLA Formatting MSWord 2007
5- MLA Documentation updates
6- MLA Citation
7- MLA Incorporating Sources

2- Why Do We Need Government?
1- Why Do We Need Government?
2- The Declaration of Independence
3- The Articles of Confederation
4- The Bill of Rights
5- The Emancipation Proclamation
6- The Gettysburg Address
7- The Federalist Papers
Assignment: Study of John Locke
Quiz: Historical Documents

3- Constitutional Underpinnings of the United States Government
1- Constitutional Underpinnings of the United States Government
Essay: Position Paper—The Virginia Plan
Essay: AP Free Response Essay Practice 1
Quiz: Federalism Quiz
Assignment: Unit 3 Test

4- Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
1- Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Essay: Position Paper—Miranda v. Arizona
Assignment: Presentation—Evolution of the Supreme Court
Essay: AP Free Response Essay Practice 2
Assignment: Unit 4 Test

5- The Institutions of National Government
1- The Institutions of National Government
Essay: AP Free Response Essay Practice 3
Assignment: Project—The Executive Department
Essay: AP Free Response Essay Practice 4
Assignment: Unit 5 Test

6- Public Policy
1- Public Policy
Essay: Position Paper—Taxes
Essay: Position Paper–NAFTA

7- Political Beliefs and Behaviors
1- Political Beliefs and Behaviors
Assignment: Public Opinion Polls
Assignment: Unit 7 Test

8- Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media
1- Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media
Essay: The Changing Electorate
Essay: Position Paper—Electoral College
Essay: AP Free Response Essay Practice 5
Assignment: Frontline “News War”
Essay: Informative Paper—Influence of News Media
Essay: AP Free Response Essay Practice 6
Assignment: Unit 8 Test

9- Course Review & AP Exam Preparation
1- Final Portfolio & Reflection
Essay: Final Portfolio
2- Course Review & AP Exam Preparation

10- Course Survey
1- Course Survey
Handout: Course Survey
Assignment: Course Survey